On Friday, Mr. Trump issued an executive order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from being able to enter the USA (including even green card holders) under the auspices of national security. On Saturday, Mr. Trump was hit with a class-action lawsuit by the ACLU, which argued that this executive order was unconstitutional.
About an hour ago, Judge Ann Donnelly from the Eastern District of New York (federal court in Brooklyn) agreed with the ACLU, and issued a national injunction staying enforcement of Trump’s unconstitutional order anywhere in the country. Under this injunction, no one can be removed from the United States solely by virtue of President Trump’s Executive Order, and the Government must even provide the ACLU with a list of names of people who have been affected.
President Trump’s unconstitutional move was meant to please his followers despite the fact that there have been no refugees from any of these seven countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen) that have committed an act of terrorism within US borders. But facts like these–real facts, not alternative ones–often don’t seem very significant to the likes of our president, his cronies, and followers.
Thank God for the courts, where facts still matter. (UPDATE: Adding link: New York judge grants stay blocking Trump’s immigration order https://qz.com/…/new-york-judge-grants-stay-blocking-trumps-immigration–order 1/28/17
UPDATE ON 2/3/17, The Hill published the following: “A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary nationwide restraining order Friday stopping President Trump’s executive order banning citizens of seven countries from entering the United States.”
“Judge James Robart, who was appointed by former President George Bush in 2003, ruled the executive order would be stopped nationwide, effective immediately.”